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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Acacia craspedocarpa-Leatherleaf Acacia

This evergreen shrub from Australia has round, thick, leathery full gray-green leaf-like 1/2" phyllodes, hence the name Leatherleaf acacia.  It is an erect, compact shrub slowly growing to 10 15 feet tall and wide, somewhat resembling a large boxwood. 

The bright yellow catkin-like flowers appear spring through summer followed by large flattened seedpods. Plants do best in full sun to part shade.  Requires moderate irrigation until established. It will often turn a tan color in cold weather.

It is fairly slow growing eventually reaching 10-15' tall and wide but can remain an erect compact shrub somewhat resembling boxwood for a long time.

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003